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TCI: Sapodilla Bay sizzles and Guests LOVE it



#TurksandCaicos, May 30, 2021 – The native brown pelican sits in the low waters of another low tide and appears to be enthralled by the buzz on the beach; the statuesque bird with his crown of white features seems captivated by the play of people and reluctantly returns to the skies when a young boy gets too close.

A rock jetty is an alluring adventure for couples.  The soft waves and cushiony sand in the waters below it are soothing and sensual. 

Multi-million dollar homes line the pristine shore while a gentle breeze, warming sun and bursts of laughter and Caribbean rhythms remind those visiting that they are far from home, in more ways than one.

A new attraction is an old favorite; Sapodilla Beach is revived in a way that is drawing dozens of guests to the space and giving islanders a shot at earning a piece of the lucrative tourism pie.

Watersports activities in the surf; souvenirs in the shade and a tiki hut bar constructed in the ocean expose the dimensions of creativity of islanders who on a hustle made the bold move to Sapodilla and are now reaping solid returns.

Guests say they love it.

A Vlogger from Philly, also a descendant of Jamaica, said the music was just right.  That along with her husband, she has managed to get a few cat naps while taking in the tranquility of the Chalk Sound located beach.  In no time, the cell phone camera was on and capturing me and Kenysha in a banter about Sapodilla Beach.  She has a channel on YouTube:  KBot LV:  Your Guide to Living the Life you Desire.

A nurse, said she was happy for the break.  The health care worker admitted that the rigors of doing her job amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic demanded that she completely change the scene for herself.  Turks and Caicos offered that, she felt safe, welcomed, relaxed and was adoring in her descriptions about Sapodilla Beach and vacation.  She was reading a book and delighted in breaking to talk to David, my son, who drew his name for her in the sand. 

The vendors told me the tourists are in love with the spot.  They can chill, interact with natives and watch the sun set with good island vibes in the music and in the drinks being served.  The vendors are set up for activity, relaxing and fun from around 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. 

The tiki bar is the most popular activity and you could easily label it the heartbeat of this new hot spot.  Giant floaty toys for children, modern jet skis, colourful kayaks and stand-up paddle boards and a big bouncy ride which takes up to three people on a journey to a sunken ship.  The menu of activities is delicious.

Government says they want to regularize the spot.  Clean it up.  Perhaps open it up to more vendors in a long term opportunity for the residents among  us who love the hustle and the hospitality of serving up fun on the beach.

There is a lot to love about Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and we think this new happening adds to that list.  Sapodilla Beach has long been treasured, but without a doubt it has gotten a new wind and warrants a new description and another look when you are hunting for somewhere to go or something to do.

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Polio is back; 65 million missed shots in another COVID fall out



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#USA, August 4, 2022 – For the first time in almost a decade a new case of polio was recorded in the United States. The case which ended in paralysis emphasizes the danger the region faces as vaccination levels drop to 30-year lows.

The World Health Organization warned in early July explained that vaccination in the region of the Americas and the rest of world was dropping rapidly because of various spin off effects precipitated by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Over 65 million infants missed out on basic vaccines in the last three years thanks to disruptions in routine healthcare, lockdowns and other circumstances. The effects are already being felt as once eradicated disease like measles and polio are once again emerging.

The Pan American Health Organization announced earlier this year the Americas are now facing another measles outbreak after having been declared free of the disease in 2016.

Dr. Jarvis Barbosa, Assistant director of PAHO said vaccination levels are now as low as they were in 1994 for measles and polio and Brazil has had several outbreaks of measles.

In the case of the United States an unvaccinated young adult developed the disease after contact with another individual vaccinated with a live version of the vaccine.

The breakout polio case in the US sent shockwaves across the country because of the severe nature of the disease. Polio is an extremely dangerous disease with no known cure. It causes paralysis in as many as 1 in 200 infected and that paralysis is permanent.

Normally very few school age children would be at risk in the Americas as the vaccine is required to start school but with the gap in vaccinations many more children are now at risk.

Polio was one of the most feared diseases of the 20th century, paralyzing and killing hundreds of thousands, especially children. Thankfully vaccinated individuals are not at risk and as such the WHO is advising that the best way to protect against polio is vaccination.


Photo Caption:  Child in Benin takes Polio vaccine, UNSDG

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Dunn’s River Offers Special Summer Package



#Jamaica, August 5, 2022 – Persons looking for an adventurous activity to do this summer are being encouraged to take advantage of the ‘Summa Thrills’ promotion, being offered by the world-famous Dunn’s River Falls and Park.

The promotion, which ends September 15, includes paying one cost to climb the Falls, ‘Tek-A-Hike’ and Zip over the Falls via the Chukka Falls Flyer. In addition, persons will also have access to the beach, splash pad, and other amenities.

The cost for residents is $5,000 per person and US$75 per person for non-residents. A photo identification is required to access the resident rate.

“We have partnered with CHUKKA to create this five-star experience,” Marketing Manager, Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Kereen Cole-Ivey, told JIS News.

She further informed that ‘Tek-A-Hike’ is the newest product offering at Dunn’s River Falls and Park and that the promotion provides an opportunity to build awareness and renew interest in the falls and park.

‘Tek-a-Hike’ is a guided, one-hour-and-a-half hike that starts at the Tranquility Gardens and ends in the Dunn’s River Falls & Park Nursery. Here guests can purchase plants or adopt a tree as part of the park’s Reforestation and Conservation Programme.

The hike is approximately two miles and is an experience that the entire family can enjoy. Along the trail, guests will learn about the flora and fauna on the entire property, which is called the Belmont property, as well as the general history of Dunn’s River Falls and Park. They will also get a chance to visit the Belmont Great House ruins.

“Coming out of COVID-19, we thought that this (Summa Thrills) would have been a very great adventure for the family and for everyone to enjoy and have a good time,” said Mrs. Cole-Ivey, adding that the UDC has other plans in place for Dunn’s River.

Dunn’s River Falls and Park is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Persons are being encouraged to book ahead via the Dunn’s River website at, otherwise tickets can be purchased on location.

You may also visit @dunnsriver.jamaica and @udcjamaica on Instagram or call 876 618-6052 for additional information.

The Dunn’s River Falls and Park is managed and operated by St. Ann Development Corporation (SADCO), a subsidiary of the UDC.


Contact: Shanna K. Salmon

Release: JIS

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Carnival Cruise ordered to pay $10.2 million for passenger claiming rape by staff



By Sherrica Thompson

Staff Writer


#USA, August 5, 2022 – A Miami-based Federal Court returned a more than $10.2 million verdict against Carnival Cruise Line in favour of a passenger who claims a former crew member raped her in a storage closet aboard the Carnival Miracle in 2018.

A jury issued the verdict recently in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida finding Carnival liable for damages to the plaintiff, for false imprisonment and sexual assault by a crew member, in December 2018.

The jury separately found that Carnival was not negligent and that the former crew member did not intentionally inflict emotional distress on Plaintiff.

According to a statement issued last week Tuesday, Carnival Cruise Line said the incident between the plaintiff and the former crew member was consensual and plans to appeal the court’s decision.

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